Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Denis P. Lavender Papers, 1935-2008

Scope and Content Note

The Denis P. Lavender Papers document the research activities and publications of Lavender, an Oregon State University Forest Science professor and alumnus. The Papers include article reprints, conference proceedings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, presentation materials, reports, research data, and theses. The collection reflects Lavender's work at Oregon State University (1950-1984)and the University of British Columbia (1985-1992), especially his research on the storage and planting of Douglas-fir, white spruce and lodge-pole pine seedlings. Lavender's role in the establishment of the Silvicultural Institute of British Columbia is documented.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of reference materials. These consist of article reprints and publications by other researchers, conference proceedings, correspondence, and notes -- all of which were arranged by Lavender into topics such as root growth, seedling storage, prescribed burning, flowering, and the possible impacts of global warming (climate change) on conifer forests. About 300 color slides include text and images prepared and assembled for presentations.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2014:043) is made up of article reprints, conference papers, correspondence, notes, overhead transparencies, photographs, reports, research data, and a student paper.These materials document research published by the Forest Science professor Lavender as well as his presentations at conferences and workshops. About half of this transfer is made up of reference materials collected by Lavender reflecting topics such as soil compaction, seed/cone maturity, drought root systems, forestry herbicides, and pollination. In addition to published research from various sources, the reference materials also include photographic slides (74 in total) that were part of a presentation on drought root systems. Four other images (photographic prints) depict Lavender as a part of the Alberta Advanced Forest Management Institute.

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